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The Central Bank still doesn't know what to do with its golden ball

The Crann an Oir sculpture was unveiled in 1991 by Charles Haughey.

The Golden Tree
The Golden Tree
Image: William Murphy/Flickr/Creative Commons

IT’S AN ICONIC piece of public art that you’ve probably walked past a hundred times.

However, the Crann an Oir (tree of gold) sculpture could be on the move.

Last year it was announced that the Central Bank building on Dame Street was going under the hammer.

Over the weekend it was reported that not only would the building be exchanging hands, but the iconic ‘golden ball’ sculpture, which is usually surrounded by crowds of teenagers, could moved to its new home on the North Wall Quay.

City of Culture commission 

The sculpture has actually only been in front of the building since 1991.

Marking Dublin becoming the European City of Culture, the Board of the Central Bank of Ireland held a major national competition to find an artist to commission to make a sculpture for the plaza.

Artist Éamonn O’Doherty was commissioned by the Central Bank to make the piece. It was unveiled in November 1991 by Charles Haughey.

In a statement to, the Cental Bank of Ireland said that “decisions in relation to Crann an Oir are part of the Central Bank’s wider considerations in relation to the move to our new building on North Wall Quay, and the consequential sale of the Central Bank’s Dame Street premises”.

A range of options are currently being considered however no final decision has been made on the matter.

What do you think? Would you miss the ball if it moved?

Poll Results:

Yes, it's part of the city's history and culture (2906)
No, I couldn't care less (2486)
I don't know (259)

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